Happy December 23rd, friends! The last couple days leading up to Christmas are always such a blur, but I hope that you’re able to enjoy some hard earned downtime. Me? My game plan for tomorrow is a Christmas movie marathon. Yours too? Cool, I’ve got some Netflix recs for you!
A Boy Called Christmas – Not going to lie, I put off watching this one because I just didn’t think it would hold my interest, and I was so wrong. This movie has a bit of everything-laughter, tears (lots of these, actually), and yes, magic. Nikolas’ mother passed away long ago, and Nikolas and his father struggle to make ends meet. When the king offers a cash reward to the first person who can prove the existence of a magical city called Elfhelm, Nikolas’ father sets out with a group of men to find it. Nikolas is left in the care of his evil aunt, and after months of putting up with her cruel ways, he and his pet mouse, Miika, embark on a journey to find his father and Elfhelm. Filled with mystery, magic, and moments that tug firmly on your heartstrings, this fresh take on a Santa origin story was so, so, good.
Bottom line: 7 out of 5 candy canes, will be a yearly watch for me!
The Really Good
A Castle for Christmas – Sophie (Brooke Shields) is an accomplished romance author who’s recently fallen out of the good graces of her fans when she kills off Mr. Wonderful in her latest book, likely a metaphor for her recent divorce. Looking to escape her life in New York City while her fans cool down, she takes a trip to Scotland with intentions to write a redemption story. When she arrives, she’s excited to tour Dun Dunbar Castle, where her father grew up as a groundskeeper. There, she meets Myles (Cary Elwes, who’s still got it), the current groundskeeper, or is he? Sophie spends three months in Scotland during which she meets new friends, comes to terms with her broken heart, and makes an absolutely huge purchase. Cheesy? Yes. Romcom gold? Also, yes. I loved this one!
Bottom line: 5 out of 5 candy canes, I’ll follow Robin Hood anywhere!
The, “Hey, that was better than I thought it would be!”
A California Chritmas: City Lights – Sequel to A California Christmas, I’ll be honest, I did not have high hopes, BUT, I was pleasantly surprised. Callie and Joseph are back, and they’re engaged! When Joseph learns that his mother has gone off the grid and fallen in love, he needs to spend the holidays in San Francisco to pick up the broken pieces of his family’s business. And, convenient, Joseph’s mom has reserved a highly sought after and exclusive ballroom for their wedding on, of course, Christmas Eve. While in the city, Callie discovers just how much she’s yet to learn bout who Joseph is, and she’s not sure she likes what she sees. But, true love always prevails, am I right?
Bottom line: 3 out of 5 candy canes, not too bad!
xoxo Leigh Ann